Floridas 10 Best Hotels to Stay Pre-Cruise

  • Floridas 10 Best Hotels to Stay Pre-Cruise

    Don’t miss the boat!

    Cruises are slowly coming back and we’re already salivating over 24-hour buffets, seeing over-the-top theater, and relaxing with a book while watching nothing but waves in the distance. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We know that the key component of a cruise is the pre-cruise hotel. Because after all, if we don’t stay the day before in a hotel, then Murphy’s Law says our flight will hit some sort of a snag the day of the cruise and we’ll miss our boarding. And then we won’t be cruising at all. Newbie cruisers, this may be the Best. Advice. Ever: Get a hotel the night before you cruise. Now that we got that out of the way, here are the best pre-cruise hotels if your cruise is departing out of Florida.

    Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

  • Stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge

    WHERE: Port Canaveral, Orlando

    We recommend arriving two days before your cruise to really get the true experience. This hotel is an hour away from the port, and you have to be on board the Disney cruises by 4 p.m. So get here a couple of days early, spend an entire day at Disney World and then book at Disney transfer to the port ($70 r/t) the day of your cruise. The earliest transfer gets you there at noon, so you can have time to hang out at the Animal Kingdom’s pool, eat with the characters, and then be on your way to your next Disney adventure.

    David Roark/Disney

  • Stay at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

    WHERE: Port Canaveral, Orlando

    You like to keep it classy, and this pre-cruise hotel is a vacation. The pool looks like a resort, with palm trees surrounding the tables and cabanas; there’s a large poolside bar; you don’t need to leave the Hilton to dine on everything your heart desires. You might leave with a slight obsession with the Celebrity Silhouette , where the food is simply extra.

    Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina

  • Stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton

    WHERE: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

    They offer a free breakfast, free happy hour, and a pool–and this hotel is just six blocks from your cruise: Stand on your balcony and you may even be able to see it. Did we mention that there’s also a free shuttle that takes you to the local restaurants, bars, shops, and anywhere else you need to be? It feels like you’re starting your cruise early.

    Embassy Suites by Hilton Fort Lauderdale 17th Street

  • Stay at Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach

    WHERE: Port Canaveral, Orlando

    You’re cruising Norwegian, so you’re probably a fun, laid-back, go-with-the-flow traveler. We think you’re going to love Homewood Suites. It’s just a half-mile from the port, it’s typically less than $200 per night and there’s a free breakfast. There’s a pool and a fire-pit, along with full kitchens in each room. Need a washing machine? It’s $2.

    Homewood Suites by Hilton Cape Canaveral-Cocoa Beach

  • Stay at Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    WHERE: Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale

    You’re hopping aboard the Eurodam for a Panama Canal experience and you want to rest the night before your big sail. We recommend the Pelican Grand Beach Resort, which is a vacation itself (you may want to stay here a few days rather than simply the night prior to departure). The hotel is directly on the beach, the service is exquisite, and there’s no need for you to ever leave the hotel–except, of course, to catch your ship.

    Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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